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NEWS: Canada and US appear to agree to procurement talks

The Globe and Mail reports today that, “Trade Minister Peter Van Loan and his American counterpart (US Trade Representative Ron Kirk) emerged from a bilateral meeting in Ottawa Thursday touting the merits of expanded international free trade.”

What did they agree on?

–  “their shared values and interests (in) resisting protectionist measures and promoting transparency”
–  “to get together twice a year to discuss any trade issues that arise between the neighbouring countries”
–  “a possible agreement on government procurement”
– “as of September, (that) Canada would take over the collection of a 10-per-cent duty that has been imposed on softwood products from Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan”
– “that (the Doha round of WTO talks) will be successfully concluded”

The full report is at